Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hold on to the Promise

“And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him” (Luke 8:25).

Many times, Christians have allowed fear to rob them of the great benefits they should enjoy from the promises of God which must be appropriated through faith. Fear works in such a way that it kills faith in the believer and makes him completely forget the unfailing promises of God, thereby making him a helpless captive of the unpleasant circumstances around him.

The disciples of Christ in our text had been told by Christ that they were crossing over to the other side of the river. Having walked with Christ for some time now, they ought to have known the power and authority in His words. More than that, the fact that Jesus Himself was with them in the boat they were travelling ought to have boosted their confidence and assured them of their safety.

But when the storm arose, they forgot the promise of God and were unable to personally exercise faith in the promise. They thought only of one thing – that they all would perish. As Jesus calmed the storm, He equally rebuked the disciples for their fear and lack of faith.

The journey of life can only be navigated successfully through abiding and unwavering faith in God and His promises. As we walk with the Lord, in happiness or in sorrow, in perils or in excitement, so must we rest assured that we are leaning on His everlasting arms. That God appears distant does not mean He has abandoned us.

His eternal charge to us resonates clearly: “Lo, I am with you always…”.
When we choose to concentrate on the things our eyes see and our ears hear around us, they will send fear into our hearts and sink our faith. As Christians, we must realize that the promises of Christ can never be changed or swallowed by the storms of life. If we will hold on to the promises of God and refuse to give in to fear, we will go through every storm and emerge victorious.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Don’t let fear sink your faith.

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